If you’re thinking about seeing me and sharing some pretty personal information, it’s only fair that you know a little bit about me too! What you are most likely wanting to know is… 1) do I know what I am doing and 2) what inspires me to work with sensitive women who are struggling to balance everything, who feel overwhelmed, worried and lost. The first part will be answered below but first, let me share what fuels my passion to help.
I endeavor to help sensitive women, who feel they aren’t good enough because… I’ve been there! I know what the struggle is like. And I also know how empowering it is to do the work with a trusted therapist who listens with unconditional positive regard, someone who can help you see your own value. I’d love to offer what I can to help you in the same way.
Below are some of my credentials, as promised…
I have 20 years of professional experience in the fields of parent/child education, health promotion and counselling/psychotherapy. I am an accredited positive parenting practitioner and have helped many families with parenting support in both group and one-on-one settings.
I completed my practicum experience with a trauma treatment centre while finishing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. During my year there, I gained experience, knowledge & best practice therapy techniques to help those struggling with the effects of childhood trauma, traumatic events, significant loss, life changes and complicated grief.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist through the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO). I am a member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP). I am also a Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF), a methodology based on Brené Brown’s research on shame, vulnerability and authenticity. I am also trained in a therapy modality called AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy). It is a therapy near and dear to me because of it’s relational focus and ability to “undo aloneness” in the co-created therapeutic relationship. Once the relationship is established I help you better understand your emotional experience. We get out of our heads and get curious about where we feel the emotions inside our bodies. Once we do this we can move away from inhibiting emotions like guilt, shame and ANXIETY.
For balance and self-care I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, extended family & friends. I also have a passion for long distance running and yoga. I practice out of my home, in St. Catharines, centrally located in Niagara.